In London’s Highgate Cemetery a huge granite pillar stands atop the grave of Karl Marx. On it is a bust of Marx, his cheeks puffed out like Kris Kringle’s, his eyes set deep and resolute. Chiseled on the granite is this dictum of the father of Communism: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point is to change it.”
I agree with Karl Marx—the world needs to be changed. But how? That is the point.
Today the Christian Church is being called to evangelize people caught up in cataclysmic change. This truth was smashed into my heart nearly a decade ago as a friend and I were flying in Africa. Africa was throbbing with the great drive for freedom; the thunder of change was in the air. My friend handed his Bible to me, pointing to this passage from Jeremiah: “The Word of the LORD came to me … saying, ‘What do you see?’ And Jeremiah said, ‘I see a boiling pot, a seething cauldron.…’ ”
“A seething cauldron.” That is a perfect image to describe our world—an age shaken and convulsed by the greatest revolutions of all time. When the mobs stormed the Bastille in 1789 to start the French Revolution, King Louis is said to have remarked, “This is a revolt.” Someone replied, “No, sir, this is a revolution.” And that is the mark of our age—not isolated revolt but total revolution.
Revolution is change—total, constant, irresistible, rapid, pervasive change that affects every part of our lives. In America there is a demographic revolution as great groups of people move about in gigantic population shifts. By 1980 the Christian Church will find its evangelistic mission focused on the 90 per cent of ...1
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